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Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy impressed with PSL rookie Taariq Fielies

Posted: 10 September 2017 Time: 12:00

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has been impressed with topflight rookie Taariq Fielies's performances in the centre of defence alongside veteran campaigner Robyn Johannes.

City snapped up Fielies in July as a free agent after he impressed on trial, having spent the last four years with neighbours Milano United prior to the sale of their NFD status to Limpopo-based Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC.

Fielies made his Citizens debut as a late substitute in a 1-0 victory over Premiership champions Bidvest Wits on the opening day of the season, and has notably started the last two games ahead of ex-Orlando Pirates and Platinum Stars man Tshepo Gumede. Gumede only missed two league matches under McCarthy's predecessor Eric Tinkler last term.

"Fielies is new, it is only his second game with the team but he looks like he's played in the PSL for years," said McCarthy of the 25-year-old, who played once for Ajax Cape Town in 2012/13 after coming through their youth ranks.

"I just ask them [the defence] to enjoy what they do. We grow up loving playing football, so now just because you play at this level you mustn't all of a sudden start to panic and become scared. I want them to go out there and play a with a smile on their faces. They must play and enjoy what they love the most and for Fielies, that's kicking the hell out of strikers and doing the right things: don't take chances, when you win the ball play it to guys that can play."

McCarthy's charges will battle MTN8 holders Wits on Sunday at Bidvest Stadium for a place in the final sporting a 1-0 lead from the first leg.

Article by: Stephen Kihn
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